Trump says 'I like Steve' Bannon; won't definitively say he has confidence

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Right now, there is a ceasefire between Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon and his adviser and son in law, Jared Kushner.

U.S. President Donald Trump was reluctant to voice public support for Steve Bannon, one his top aides, amid reports of a massive rift between him and fellow adviser Jared Kushner that also saw Bannon lose his position on the national security council.

Former George W. Bush advisor Elliott Abrams is offering some unsolicited advice for President Trump: Dump Steve Bannon as chief political strategist.

In an interview with the New York Post, he has downplayed Bannon's role in the presidential race saying that "you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late".

"I am my own strategist".

President Donald Trump talks to senior staff Steve Bannon (right) and Jared Kushner (center) during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, D.C., January 22, 2017.

"Steve is a good guy", the president said, "but I told them to straighten it out or I will".

"He doesn't need Steve Bannon", Scarborough said. And yet only one of those two phrases can be said about President Donald Trump, and it's not the good one.

He is a property investor and media executive who is married to Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka.He already advises the president on foreign relations, and is said to have been influential in helping President Trump choose staff for his campaign and in government.

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Bannon's high profile was said to irk the attention-hungry president and Trump's comments could signal his patience is further fraying with the top aide.

The neoconservatives are once again emboldened after Trump's military strike on Syria last week. Democrats waged a campaign to brand him as "President Bannon".

"I'm an admirer of Steve Bannon and the Trump family and they've been supportive of what we're doing".

Ouch. Bannon joined the campaign in August for the lion's share of the general election, taking on the role of campaign CEO.

Republicans run the risk of losing The House in 2018 if Bannon, Priebus and Conway are gone from Trump's Administration.

Trump is certainly an unorthodox and unpredictable politician, but these comments from basically any other politician would signify the beginning of the end for Bannon.

Sources close to Bannon, however, told NBC News on Saturday that he "ain't going anywhere".

Rather than quash the rumors of tension in the White House, Trump told Goodwin that it needed to be addressed.

In Monday's Politico piece the correspondent refers to the "West Wing ideological war" and Abram's "delight" that some in the White House are "picking sides against Bannon".

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